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Reading 1

Job chapter 21

(Job 21:1) Then Job answered and said,

(Job 21:2) Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations.

(Job 21:3) Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on.

(Job 21:4) As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

(Job 21:5) Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth.

(Job 21:6) Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror taketh hold on my flesh.

(Job 21:7) Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

(Job 21:8) Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes.

(Job 21:9) Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

(Job 21:10) Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

(Job 21:11) They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.

(Job 21:12) They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

(Job 21:13) They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol.

(Job 21:14) And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

(Job 21:15) What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

(Job 21:16) Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

(Job 21:17) How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity cometh upon them? That [God] distributeth sorrows in his anger?

(Job 21:18) That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carrieth away?

(Job 21:19) [Ye say], God layeth up his iniquity for his children. Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it:

(Job 21:20) Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

(Job 21:21) For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

(Job 21:22) Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?

(Job 21:23) One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet:

(Job 21:24) His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.

(Job 21:25) And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And never tasteth of good.

(Job 21:26) They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

(Job 21:27) Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me.

(Job 21:28) For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?

(Job 21:29) Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences,

(Job 21:30) That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath?

(Job 21:31) Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he hath done?

(Job 21:32) Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb.

(Job 21:33) The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

(Job 21:34) How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth [only] falsehood?

Reading 2

Job chapter 22

(Job 22:1) Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

(Job 22:2) Can a man be profitable unto God? Surely he that is wise is profitable unto himself.

(Job 22:3) Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect?

(Job 22:4) Is it for thy fear [of him] that he reproveth thee, That he entereth with thee into judgment?

(Job 22:5) Is not thy wickedness great? Neither is there any end to thine iniquities.

(Job 22:6) For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, And stripped the naked of their clothing.

(Job 22:7) Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, And thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.

(Job 22:8) But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; And the honorable man, he dwelt in it.

(Job 22:9) Thou hast sent widows away empty, And the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

(Job 22:10) Therefore snares are round about thee, And sudden fear troubleth thee,

(Job 22:11) Or darkness, so that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee.

(Job 22:12) Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are!

(Job 22:13) And thou sayest, What doth God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?

(Job 22:14) Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he seeth not; And he walketh on the vault of heaven.

(Job 22:15) Wilt thou keep the old way Which wicked men have trodden?

(Job 22:16) Who were snatched away before their time, Whose foundation was poured out as a stream,

(Job 22:17) Who said unto God, Depart from us; And, What can the Almighty do for us?

(Job 22:18) Yet he filled their houses with good things: But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

(Job 22:19) The righteous see it, and are glad; And the innocent laugh them to scorn,

(Job 22:20) [Saying], Surely they that did rise up against us are cut off, And the remnant of them the fire hath consumed.

(Job 22:21) Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: Thereby good shall come unto thee.

(Job 22:22) Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in thy heart.

(Job 22:23) If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, If thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents.

(Job 22:24) And lay thou [thy] treasure in the dust, And [the gold of] Ophir among the stones of the brooks;

(Job 22:25) And the Almighty will be thy treasure, And precious silver unto thee.

(Job 22:26) For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty, And shalt lift up thy face unto God.

(Job 22:27) Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he will hear thee; And thou shalt pay thy vows.

(Job 22:28) Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways.

(Job 22:29) When they cast [thee] down, thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; And the humble person he will save.

(Job 22:30) He will deliver [even] him that is not innocent: Yea, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

Reading 3

Job chapter 23

(Job 23:1) Then Job answered and said,

(Job 23:2) Even to-day is my complaint rebellious: My stroke is heavier than my groaning.

(Job 23:3) Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat!

(Job 23:4) I would set my cause in order before him, And fill my mouth with arguments.

(Job 23:5) I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me.

(Job 23:6) Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? Nay; but he would give heed unto me.

(Job 23:7) There the upright might reason with him; So should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

(Job 23:8) Behold, I go forward, but he is not [there]; And backward, but I cannot perceive him;

(Job 23:9) On the left hand, when he doth work, but I cannot behold him; He hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.

(Job 23:10) But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

(Job 23:11) My foot hath held fast to his steps; His way have I kept, and turned not aside.

(Job 23:12) I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

(Job 23:13) But he is in one [mind], and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

(Job 23:14) For he performeth that which is appointed for me: And many such things are with him.

(Job 23:15) Therefore am I terrified at his presence; When I consider, I am afraid of him.

(Job 23:16) For God hath made my heart faint, And the Almighty hath terrified me;

(Job 23:17) Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Reading 4

Job chapter 24

(Job 24:1) Why are times not laid up by the Almighty? And why do not they that know him see his days?

(Job 24:2) There are that remove the landmarks; They violently take away flocks, and feed them.

(Job 24:3) They drive away the ass of the fatherless; They take the widow`s ox for a pledge.

(Job 24:4) They turn the needy out of the way: The poor of the earth all hide themselves.

(Job 24:5) Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their children.

(Job 24:6) They cut their provender in the field; And they glean the vintage of the wicked.

(Job 24:7) They lie all night naked without clothing, And have no covering in the cold.

(Job 24:8) They are wet with the showers of the mountains, And embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

(Job 24:9) There are that pluck the fatherless from the breast, And take a pledge of the poor;

(Job 24:10) [So that] they go about naked without clothing, And being hungry they carry the sheaves.

(Job 24:11) They make oil within the walls of these men; They tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst.

(Job 24:12) From out of the populous city men groan, And the soul of the wounded crieth out: Yet God regardeth not the folly.

(Job 24:13) These are of them that rebel against the light; They know not the ways thereof, Nor abide in the paths thereof.

(Job 24:14) The murderer riseth with the light; He killeth the poor and needy; And in the night he is as a thief.

(Job 24:15) The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, Saying, No eye shall see me: And he disguiseth his face.

(Job 24:16) In the dark they dig through houses: They shut themselves up in the day-time; They know not the light.

(Job 24:17) For the morning is to all of them as thick darkness; For they know the terrors of the thick darkness.

(Job 24:18) Swiftly they [pass away] upon the face of the waters; Their portion is cursed in the earth: They turn not into the way of the vineyards.

(Job 24:19) Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [So doth] Sheol [those that] have sinned.

(Job 24:20) The womb shall forget him; The worm shall feed sweetly on him; He shall be no more remembered; And unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.

(Job 24:21) He devoureth the barren that beareth not, And doeth not good to the widow.

(Job 24:22) Yet [God] preserveth the mighty by his power: He riseth up that hath no assurance of life.

(Job 24:23) [God] giveth them to be in security, and they rest thereon; And his eyes are upon their ways.

(Job 24:24) They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone; Yea, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, And are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.

(Job 24:25) And if it be not so now, who will prove me a liar, And make my speech nothing worth?